January '18

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16 • RV PRO • January 2018 rv-pro.com Jayco Melbourne Prestige 24KP If recent market trends have shown anything, it's that – although a Class A motorhome may still be the dream home- away-from-home for those able to afford it – the Class C motor- ized has become the go-to vehicle that is more affordable, easier to drive and still has plenty of amenities. Add to that the arrival of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis that has made the Class B segment so attractive to many buyers and you have Jayco's gorgeous Melbourne Prestige 24KP that is sure to appeal to buyers looking to downsize from a Class A but not wanting to give up the comfort. Make no mistake, at 25 feet long, the Melbourne Prestige won't have the "so big you can get lost in it" feel of some Class A's, but it likewise gives the feeling that there is plenty of room to turn around without bumping into something – unlike many Class B's. "A lot of people are downsizing from the diesel Class A's," says Nic Martin, director of product development for Jayco Motorhome Group. "This attracts to them with features they're used to – day/night roller shades, Ultraleather, JBL Premium Sound tuned – those kinds of upgrades that we put into it that make it features you expect if you are coming down from a Class A. That's what you can offer with the Sprinter and why it's such a growing part of the market." Also, the limited length makes the diesel-powered Melbourne Prestige much easier to drive. With the slide-outs extended, there is a lot of living space. With the slide-outs in, the RV is much narrower and easier to maneuver and park than a tradi- tional Class C. Some unexpected interior features add value far above the typical Sprinter-based models. Melbourne Prestige features a large automotive windshield in the top front cap sleeping area. That windshield can be closed off with a power shade. In addition, the cabinetry features European curved styling and the floor is covered with woven vinyl flooring that is both waterproof and tear resistant. On the exterior, metal baggage doors are mounted on struts that allow them to open far enough that the user doesn't have to crawl on the ground to get inside. Pass-through storage also provides ample space for whatever supplies are onboard. Melbourne Prestige's MSRP is about $125,000. What impressed RV PRO: Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis made popular by the growing Class B market, this Class C offers the ride and comfort of the smaller vehicle with a lot more interior space, sleeping capacity and comfort – and at a price that is lower than many Class B's. Call us old-fashioned, but it is difficult to imagine going with a B van when this Class C is likely just as easy to drive and packs a bigger bang for the buck. S H O W C O V E R A G E S H O W C O V E R A G E The Melbourne Prestige 24KP shows what the popular Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis can bring to the Class C market. The chassis has been popularized by the smaller Class B vans, but Jayco makes the most of the available space and power of the diesel engine to offer a vehicle with many content items that might be expected in a larger Class A motorhome, all at a price point that is similar to and even lower than many Class B vans.

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